North Carolina 17U Top Performers from The Bob Gibbons TOC
SUWANEE, GA - The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions is one of the longest running events in the country and the state of North Carolina had some firepower down just outside of Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. Let's take a look at who stood out in the 17U division.
Dylan Purnell, Team Trezz - Length and motor. Purnell was a huge piece in Team Trezz‘s run To the championship game of the Bob Gibbons tournament of champions. He Has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting from beyond the three-point line, he runs the floor always filling in the gaps and finishing with plays at the rim, and he has length to block and alter shots. He currently holds offers from Chowan and Livingstone and with a strong June and July Live Period coming up he can see his recruitment takeoff even more. - Justin Byerly
Antonio Perkins, 1 of 1 Elite - Perkins has been on a roll since Louisville at our Grassroots Showcase. He is a physically strong guard that uses his strength to overpower defenders. He is one of those guys that has the ability to score from all spots on the floor but also has the willingness to get dirty. He will defend, he will rebound and he will play with a motor all game. He has the size to be effective at the collegiate level and the college-ready body. He went off in one game over the weekend with a 25-point outburst. - Justin Byerly
JJ Henderson, Dream Big Elite - Strong upper body with length at the guard spot or small forward spot for former Word of God and JUCO All-American guard Camden Scott and his Dream Big Elite program. Henderson is an athletic guard that can score from all spots on the floor and make plays with or without the ball. He can handle the ball off the rebound and will go right at the rim with whoever is around. On the defensive side, he can cause problems with his length and his quickness. Henderson helped lead Dream BIg Elite to the championship game of two events this travel season with HoopSeen, The Carolina Jam and The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Not bad for a team only in its third year of existence. - Justin Byerly
RJ Bridges, Dream Big Elite - Bridges came up with one of the biggest shots on the biggest stage in May at The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He made a running floater three-pointer with a few seconds left to propel Dream Big Elite to the championship game in the red bracket. The combo guard for DB Elite is a natural scoring guard that thrives at getting into the lane and making tough finishes. He can score from the perimeter and the mid-range but he couples all of this with being a solid defender with length. One intangible that Bridges has, is the ability to get to the FT line. He does it consistently. - Justin Byerly
Dakota Gordon, Team Wall - I haven’t seen a guy shoot the ball as well as team walls Dakota Gordon did in Saturday’s game for team wall. He made 93 pointers and scored 31 points in the wind. He has a good set shot. He is always moving without the ball to get open on the perimeter and he did a good job of scoring when getting into the lane. The Raleigh native has a high basketball IQ, understands spacing and where to be out on the floor and has a smooth overall game that translates well when his shooting gets hot. One thing I noticed about Gordan was that he didn’t force many shots, some guys that get in the zone will eventually start forcing shots and he never did that. - Justin Byerly